Northern Star is a 75.40 metre yacht designed to sail on both Arctic and tropical seas. This new star from Lürssen Yachts shipyards was delivered in October 2009 and boasts cutting-edge engineering and a spatial layout and design capable of providing the utmost comfort for the passengers and crew.
The vessel was designed to navigate in all seasons and conditions, with only a few stops in port if desired.
The exterior and interior design
Espen Øino and Pauline Nunns worked to meet the requirements of the owner and the captain, Craig Franks – an expert sailor with many years of experience at sea – who followed the project through every phase together with yacht broker Robert Moran and the Lürssen Yachts team.
Espen Øino produced Northern Star’s exterior design and ensured that the vessel has the most advanced equipments. With its six decks, the yacht has plenty of outdoor space for its 12 guests to relax and enjoy themselves.
The broad decks and outdoor lounges are particularly striking, and can be protected from the wind, enclosed and heated so that they can be enjoyed in the most temperate of climates.
The yacht’s exterior with its blue hull has a traditional, elegant line. The owner wanted a sturdy, seagoing ship and the yacht’s appearance reflects this, especially in terms of the exterior styling with the forward-sloping “trawler” windows.
The interior design, devised by Pauline Nunns, also stands out for its airy, light and extensive spaces: “Close attention has been paid to the Owner’s requirements which called for light, airy, comfortable, traditional interiors with lots of wall space and good lighting to hang the Owner’s large art collection and plenty of shelf space for books. The layout had to be flexible enough to accommodate the occasional large party or formal dinner and include a small informal room with a bar for meetings and a secure play area for young grandchildren.”
In fact, when you start to explore Northern Star, you immediately feel as though you are moving through very functional spaces that have been carefully thought through down to the tiniest detail. The yacht is fitted out in a classical, elegant style that the designer calls “grand country home”, marked out by its stylings which, though classical, are very fresh and linear, and by its light pastel colours.
Some of the pieces of furniture and the accessories were specially designed to give each area a distinctive flavour, while others are antiques that enhance the space. Almost all of the interior is panelled with raised and fielded limed oak, either painted in pastel shades to blend with the fabrics or simply with a natural finish. Overall, this classic design with its soft colours creates a feeling of freshness and precision, enhanced with unostentatious luxury thanks to the brighter touches of colour provided by the fabrics, sofas, curtains and carpets, together with the private collection of paintings, photographs, items belonging to the owner and a selection of antiques.
The main entrance to the main deck opens onto a spacious lobby with an artisan-built oval table for 14 people, featuring a stunning inlay. The space is embellished by its ceiling, painted in pastel colours, and an unusual light-coloured carpet interwoven with brighter notes.
The table can be taken out completely to transform the space into an area suitable for parties or a children’s play room.This is immediately followed by the salon, with comfortable dark red sofas around a working chimney.
You feel at home in this inviting area, designed for relaxation, which is enhanced by a self-playing Steinway piano, a valuable antique roulette table, and two model ships. Parts of the ceiling are painted with trompe-l’oeil designs of cherubs. [...]